The Ulysses Delusion

Rethinking Standards of Literary Merit

  • Authors
  • Cecilia Konchar Farr

Part of the American Literature Readings in the 21st Century book series (ALTC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. The Crime

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Cecilia Konchar Farr
      Pages 3-27
    3. Cecilia Konchar Farr
      Pages 29-51
  3. Investigations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 53-53
    2. Cecilia Konchar Farr
      Pages 55-64
    3. Cecilia Konchar Farr
      Pages 65-75
    4. Cecilia Konchar Farr
      Pages 77-88
    5. Cecilia Konchar Farr
      Pages 89-97
    6. Cecilia Konchar Farr
      Pages 99-110
    7. Cecilia Konchar Farr
      Pages 111-123
    8. Cecilia Konchar Farr
      Pages 125-135
  4. The Deal

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 137-137
    2. Cecilia Konchar Farr
      Pages 139-146
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 147-199

About this book


Popular fiction follows literature professors wherever they go. At coffee shops or out for drinks, after faculty meetings or classes, even at family reunions – they are persistently pressed to talk about bestselling novels. Questions immediately follow: What do I mean when I say a book is "good"? Why do contemporary novels like these, conversations like these, matter to professors of literature? Shouldn't they be spending their time re-reading The Great Gatsby? The Ulysses Delusion confronts these questions and answers their call for more engaged conversations about books. Through topics like the Oprah's Book Club, Harry Potter, and Chick Lit, Cecilia Konchar Farr explores the lively, democratic, and gendered history of novels in the US as a context for understanding how avid readers and literary professionals have come to assess them so differently.


Literary theory Lolita Austenland Jodi Picoult Harry Potter

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